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How do you manage bills/water when you are out of town for a month or more?

Mar 18th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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I contacted the utility companies and cable and phone companies when we were gone for 2 months. Some had vacation plans like the cable company so they actually suspended our TV service for those 2 months and you just tell them when you will be back. The utility companies had the same policy, you just pay the mininum. Of course, if in the summer and you need to have some AC or in winter, epending on where you live, to keep the pipes from freezing, you'll just pay what you use as normal.
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Mar 18th, 2012, 11:09 AM
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Oh, another thing about the utility companies--there billing dates are so different and depending on when you go and when the billing dates are, you may be gone for 3 cycles, so that was another reason I contacted them. They then had it in their records, so would hold off on disconnecting my service although I did pay in advance for the cycles I would be gone.
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Mar 21st, 2012, 09:50 PM
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Don't know if it's available where you are, but my mum used to do all her banking by phone. Would call up and tell them to pay x to this bill and y to that bill. Could transfer $$ between accounts. I have all my utility bills on direct debit- saves late fees and stamps.
Mind you once you've used online banking you will wonder why you resisted, I know I went in not keen on the idea, but love it now.
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Mar 22nd, 2012, 06:49 AM
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Good advice, jan47ete. Thanks.
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